Love is Patient and Kind

by Katherine Kehler

Love never gives up. Love cares for others more than for self.”
1 Corinthians 13:1

Someone shared this story with me and it reminded me of how often we make judgments about situations or people without knowing all the facts. How wrong we can be:

A man was traveling home by bus, when the bus stopped to pick someone up, a father with several children got on. The children were very unruly. They wouldn’t sit still. They kept changing seats and were fighting. They were doing all the annoying things that children do when parents don’t control them.

The father had taken the seat beside the first man, who by now was getting more annoyed by the minute, thinking,

Why doesn’t he say something to control his children?”

Finally, he could take it no longer. He turned to the father and blurted,

Your children are out of control. Why don’t you do something?”

Yes,” the father replied, “I suppose you are right. But you see, we have just come from the hospital. Their mother died this morning. They don’t know how to handle it and neither do I.”

Wow! Talk about blowing it.

So often our judgments are based on outward appearances. We make them on hearsay or base them on our limited knowledge and experience. God looks at people’s hearts. Isaiah 11:3 has this to say about Christ:
He will not judge by the way things look. He will not judge by what people say

The more we allow Christ to take control of our lives, the less likely we will be to make quick judgments about people or believe rumors. As we ask Him to put His love in our hearts we will become more like Him.

Lord Jesus, Your love is perfect. Thank You for being so patient and kind with us. When You judge and discipline us, it is because You have all the facts and it is for our good. Love always rules everything You do. We, on the other hand, are so often harsh and self-righteous when analyzing the actions of others. Today, we confess our critical and unkind attitudes to You and ask Your Spirit to enable us to be patient and kind. Amen.

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5 Responses to Love is Patient and Kind

  1. Stephen Bernard says:

    Thank you for this enlightening devotional.

    God bless you and keep you.

  2. abel a says:

    I do judge other people too. Lord, arrest my egos to the deepest ends of the oceans? i want to treat other people as i would want them to treat me? amen

  3. Ivan Haspra says:

    I judge other people very often without knowledge. Help me LORD to kill this bad habit. Amen!

  4. sobhi malas says:

    Lord Jesus, Your love is perfect. Thank You for being so patient and kind with us. When You judge and discipline us, it is because You have all the facts and it is for our good. Love always rules everything You do. We, on the other hand, are so often harsh and self-righteous when analyzing the actions of others. Today, we confess our critical and unkind attitudes to You and ask Your Spirit to enable us to be patient and kind. Amen.

  5. Jo Melis says:

    l am a great one at judging others……And we don’t know facts and circumstances. Any how It is not for us to judge but l do. Please Lord help me NOT TO JUDGE TO BE OPEN AND KIND TO ALL. Amen

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